Today, we launched the Zimbabwe National Defence University, which will be the pinnacle of national defence and security studies in our motherland. The university will proffer dynamic, cutting edge ideas, insights, skills and innovations, and is ideally situated to delve into ICT Software development, cyber security, aeronautical engineering and space technology.

As Zimbabwe races into the future, today we also laid the cornerstone of a new innovation hub which will serve our young entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, celebrations of progress and education were dampened by more heartbreaking news from our nation’s roads. I was devastated to learn of the tragedy last night on the Gwanda-Beitbridge road, the second major accident in recent weeks.

The thoughts and prayers of a grieving nation go out to the wounded and the families of those killed. We will ensure the injured get the care they require and that the families of the victims receive support. 

As the police continue to investigate the circumstances that led to this tragedy, I urge all my fellow citizens to be extra cautious on the roads – check the safety of your vehicles, slow down, put safety first. We all have a role to play in saving lives and making Zimbabwe a safer country.